The Process of Creating an Image: See How I Drew it!


Ok, so this one actually had me laughing and just a bit embarrassed to do it. I guess maybe because I had no idea what cyber-punk was until I Googled it this morning. From what I could gather it is kind of an ex-military futuristic sort of style. I also vaguely knew how to draw a bass, being that I am not very musical. The reason I wanted to take on such a strange topic is because I want to stretch myself and attempt to take on things outside of my natural tendency or desire for drawing. The good news is, my kids loved it! So I count Hugo as a huge success! 


I wanted to share a few of the process photos, since I happen to have saved them along the way. I started out with looking at a photo of a moose and tried to get the feeling for the shape of the head and face...

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I then practiced drawing the body in several different poses.

Tip: It is always important to "draw through" your image. That means, make sure you draw the entire object even if it is obstructed by another object. Many times we end up with lines that don't match up or shapes that don't seem true to form because we just guess instead of making sure we know all about what we are drawing. I realized this is easier if you are drawing digitally, but you can do it with paper and pencil as well. Just choose a very lightly colored lead (HB Pencil) and hold your pencil loosely, while barely making a mark. You can then easily erase and draw darker lines over your preliminary sketch.

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I ultimately decided not to use this version of my moose character. I like everything about it, but the truth is, a character just doesn't look good straight on. It is always better to draw the character at an angle. This gives the subject depth and the angles are more interesting. If you look at the pose above you can see that the moose seems to have no neck at all. His snout has little definition and it is hard to tell what the actual shape of his face is really like. 

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All in all, this was a fun challenge! I learned that if you do your research, use a variety of references, and be open to trying new things.... you can draw just about anything!  

Beth Snider